By Michael Salerno, Daily Sun Senior Writer
Bob Jordan, right, of the Village of Pennecamp, has some crackers along with Roy Lepire, second from left, of the Village of Hemingway, as Rose Jordan, second from right, Brenda Stoebel, center, of the Village of Pennecamp, and Don Kudner, left, of the Village of Poinciana, talk while members of the Gourmet Picklers gather for food at Fish Hawk Recreation Center on Friday.
The Gulf Coast is bracing for the second named storm of the hurricane season. Tropical Storm Barry formed Thursday near Louisiana, threatening the central Gulf Coast with storm surge, heavy rainfall and wind. The storm could be a Category 1 hurricane when it makes landfall today along the central Louisiana coast, the National Hurricane Center said. And although the storm is coming ashore far from The Villages, seasonal residents here who spend their summers in Louisiana were preparing for whatever comes. The storm also was disrupting travel to and from New Orleans and other Gulf Coast cities.